Review: Roll out the red carpet as bouncing UK duo Camelphat arrive on Moon Harbour with vocals from Cari Golden. "Freak" sees the pair, still hot from collaborations with Riva Starr and other records on Circus Recordings, turn in an industrial tinged vocal single preaching all matter of seduction and sin to the self-isolating dancers out there. Bossman himself Matthias Tanzmann beefs up the original in a bassline driven, tribal house context with edited vocals for the best of fever dreams! To the club!
Martin Books - "Flitzepulver" (original mix) - (6:35) 128 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:18:53) 124 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:19:01) 125 BPM
Review: With the same certainty that the leaves will turn brown and fall from the trees, autumn sees the release of Toolroom's closing party album. It's the label's annual state of the (house) nation address and 2018 is no exception. While this year's edition contains a healthy smattering of feel good house - the most impressive exempts being the vocal grooves of Weiss' "Feel My Needs" and Illyus & Barrientos' "MEA" - there are also more adventurous variants on offer. These include Peggy Gou's tweaked acid take on Shakedown's "At Night", the chord heavy Dusky take on KiNK's "Perth" and the cut-up, abstract "Pale Blue Dot" by rising lo-fi house artist Ross From Friends, which demonstrate that this year, Toolroom is thinking outside the box.
Review: Formerly masked duo Camelphat are back with more anthemic main room fodder on new hit "The Solution". Indeed, it is like its name suggests and we can imagine this percussion driven chugger rocking the peak time slot. Second orginal offering "DMT" is a more moody and tunnelling affair for those build-up moments, when the strobelight and smoke machine get turned on. Following up their terrific remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now" which is being caned everywhere at the moment - it seems this dynamic duo can seriously do no wrong.
Bugged Out (Lawler's Thanks For Harlem remix) - (6:33) 127 BPM
Bugged Out (Skream remix) - (5:39) 121 BPM
Bugged Out (MK remix) - (6:58) 124 BPM
Bugged Out (MK dub) - (6:58) 124 BPM
Bugged Out (instrumental) - (5:49) 121 BPM
Review: Fresh from the success of singles on Relief Records and Elrow Music, Camelphat join forces with fellow London dance music veterans Audio Bullys for a potent outing on Steve Lawler's VIVa Music label. The growling and fuzzy original version, a heavily electronic and atmospheric outing blessed with the Audio Bullys trademark half spoken/half sung vocal, is supplemented by a dizzying array of big name remixes. Steve Lawler leads the line with a sweaty, low-slung and muscular take that makes great use of wobbly sub-bass and jacking machine drums, before Skream reaches for the Brazilian carnival drums on a heavy but melodious rework. MK, meanwhile, eschews the choppy vocal samples and bumping beats he's famous for, instead delivering vocal and dub mixes inspired by woozy deep house.